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From Nostalgia to Longing: Turning to the Future through Contemporary Dance in Palestine
Along the 20th century, mobilisation of arts for the Palestinian national struggle has been characterized by the nostalgia of an imagined and rural pre-Nakba Palestinian life. Nevertheless, recent researches have highlighted the way new forms of artistic practices in Palestine as well as in the Diaspora allow young Palestinians to create an alternative vision of the national struggle, distancing themselves from this nostalgia and rooting their art in their individual and contemporary experience. Contemporary dance in the West Bank seems to follow and go beyond this logic. In fact, dancers and choreographers use contemporary dance not only to express their contemporary experience but still to draw the lines of a future nation. Building on the concept of hope, the communication will focus on the mobilization of contemporary dance as a tool among Palestinian from the West Bank, Israel and the Diaspora to rethink their belongings and struggle by turning to the future instead of seeking an idealized past. Contemporary dance is thought by these actors as a way of imagining and building the nation they’re longing as well as an alternative path of struggle. It is also a tool to share this hoped future with various international actors through a common art and, tough, to create transnational solidarities. The communication is based on an ongoing multi-sited research in Palestine and Europe which ought to highlight the articulations between contemporary dance and Palestinian national belongings in a transnational context.